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Examinations Independent Observer

Bar Standards Board

Location: London
Salary: £308 per day
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th September 2021
Closes: 18th October 2021

Role Title: Examinations Independent Observer

Hours: Part-time (around 15 days per annum)

Duration: The post is offered for an initial term of one year

Salary: £308 per day

Location: High Holborn, London

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister. The vocational stage of training ensures that students intending to become barristers acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence, attitudes and competence to prepare them for pupillage.

The role of the Examinations Independent Observer is to provide independent assurance to the Board, stakeholders and to the public that:

  • the Centralised Examinations of Bar Training are conducted in a robust way;
  • systems are in place for continual improvement of the Examinations;
  • systems are in place for the effective handling of complaints and challenges.

To be considered for this role, applicants are required to have experience and skills in the following areas:

  • Experience of assessment/examinations and knowledge of best practice
  • Experience of undertaking process reviews
  • Excellent written, listening and strong observation communication skills
  • Ability to assimilate and analyse large quantities of information to draw rational, robust and evidence-based conclusions
  • A critical, enquiring and analytical mind
  • Objectivity and independence

The job description and person specification for this role can be viewed on the Bar Standards Board website:

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Natasha Ribeiro, Assessment Lead, on 0207 611 1482, or by email ( 

Applications can be made by emailing your CV and covering letter through clicking on the Apply button.

Closing Date: 9am on 18 October 2021

Interviews will be held remotely on 21 October 2021

The Bar Standard Board aims to recruit a talented workforce and values the diversity in background, skills and experience of its staff. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all job applicants irrespective of race, sex, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, maternity or pregnancy, marital or civil partnership status or gender re-assignment.

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